Amazon is reported to be planing 260 supermarkets across the UK – with no tills and no cash accepted.

The retail giant is said to be planning the rapid rollout over the next three years reports The Mirror.

Amazon currently has six Amazon Fresh grocery stores in the UK, having opened its first in March this year in Ealing, West London.

Customers scan a quick response code as they enter the shop then put items in their bag.

Cameras and sensors then detect what they have picked and shoppers walk out with their purchases, which are then charged to their account.

A report by website Business Insiders claims documents show Amazon is looking to open another 60 stores next year, 100 in 2023 and 100 more in 2024.

The documents are said to say: “In 2022, we assume a broader rollout of two store launches per week by the end of [the] year. In 2023 and 2024, we are planning 100 stores launched per year, in line with more aggressive opening programmes achieved by convenience stores in the UK in the last five years.”

The report also claims Amazon is looking to open supermarkets in Germany, Spain and Italy next year.

A spokesman for Amazon said: “We do not comment on rumours or speculation.”

Last month Amazon opened its first mini department store outside the US in Kent’s Bluewater shopping centre. The branch sells 2,000 of what it says are its best-selling or most “trending” lines, including books, gadgets, toys and homewares.


Source: Walesonline

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